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Singapore’s First Oat Milk Brand Closes $65.5 Million Series A

2 Mins Read As Singapore continues its ascent to becoming Asia’s premier vegan destination, its first oat milk brand, Oatside, which launched its products earlier this year, has announced the closing of a $65.5 million Series A fundraise. The new funding was co-led by Temasek Holdings and GGV Capital as well as Arabica International, and existing investors Wee […]

Can Microalgae Oil Replace Unsustainable Palm Oil?

3 Mins Read In a bid to replace palm oil, scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are looking underwater. A research team claims that oil extracted from specific strains of microalgae coil offer a viable alternative to the environmentally-harmful conventional choice.  The oil is claimed to offer personal health and sustainability benefits, according to findings published in […]

Who Will Asia’s Biggest Cultivated Seafood Players Be?

6 Mins Read Cultivated seafood is shaping up to be a serious niche within the cell-based protein sector. This is especially true in Asia, where demand for seafood remains high. In fact, more seafood is consumed per capita in the region than anywhere else in the world and Asian consumers account for over 70 percent of future growth. […]

Malaysia’s Phuture Embarks On Ambitious Expansion By Leveraging Chicken Supply Disruption

3 Mins Read Malaysian plant-based meat producer Phuture has announced multiple new distribution partnerships. The startup, which recently secured $1.5 million in funding to fine-tune its meat analogues, lists restaurants, retail outlets, and hotels as coming on board to serve animal-free meat. Korean chicken chain KyoChon is confirmed, as is the Grand Hyatt hotel. Convenience store chain CU […]

The 7 Best Places for Vegan Food In Bali

5 Mins Read Indonesia is incredibly vegan and vegetarian-friendly, but it’s Bali that really stands out as the ultimate plant-based heaven in the country. The island is now well-known for its abundant plant-based food scene, with vegan options available at almost every corner store and restaurant. While you’ll certainly need no help searching for vegan and vegetarian eats […]

Asian Food Companies Are Failing To Disclose Core ESG Sourcing Risks, New Study Finds

4 Mins Read Asia Research and Engagement (ARE) has conducted a baseline study looking at the disclosure levels of Asia’s top animal protein companies, and according to its findings, only 16 percent of the biggest organisations put responsible sourcing policies front and centre of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosure. This represents a significant misalignment with expected […]

Indonesia Locks Down Palm Oil Exports As Global Food Prices Soar

3 Mins Read In a move to secure food for the domestic market, Indonesia is halting palm oil exports as the war in Ukraine drives global food prices up. Nearly half of packaged products contain palm oil. It’s found in food from cookies to pizza crust, personal care products, and animal feed, among others. But it’s as problematic […]

This Singaporean Software Platform Wants To Make Sustainability An Unavoidable Integration For Global Businesses

5 Mins Read Singaporean climate tech startup Handprint, which uses SaaS model to integrate sustainability-focused infrastructure into corporate platforms, has just closed a $2.2 million seed round as investors get more and more excited about impact assessment tools. The company’s ultimate aim is to offer businesses an easy way to improve their impact on the planet. Consumers are […]

Shifting Asia-Pacific Away From Fossil Fuels ‘Essential’, Says UN Deputy Secretary-General

3 Mins Read A shift away from fossil fuels, especially coal, particularly in Asia-Pacific countries is essential, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said during the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on Monday in Bangkok. “Moving away from coal and fossil fuels in a region that accounts for 75 percent of global coal-fired generation capacity will not be easy. […]

Indonesian Plant Meat Leader Green Rebel Announces Singapore Debut Across F&B

4 Mins Read Indonesian plant-based meat leader Green Rebel has officially launched its range of beef, chicken and pork alternatives in Singapore. The startup has partnered with multiple restaurants in the Lion City to bring its whole-food-based alt-protein to consumers. The company prides itself on developing protein ‘made for Asians, by Asians’, a reference to a product range […]

Karana Brings Jackfruit Vegan Meat Stateside With Multiple Restaurant San Francisco Launches

4 Mins Read Singaporean jackfruit alt meat startup Karana has announced distribution in the U.S. The move comes after a successful rollout through Singapore and Hong Kong. Three San Francisco restaurants will be serving the startup’s flagship jackfruit meat, marking the brand’s first launch outside of Asia. The company has established operations in San Mateo, California. The U.S. […]

Eat Just Breaks Ground On Largest-Ever Plant-Protein Factory in Singapore

3 Mins Read Californian startup Eat Just has officially broken ground on its new production facility in Singapore. The mammoth site is located in the city’s Pioneer area and sits atop a 2.7-hectare plot. Construction completion is anticipated within two years, at a cost of US$120 million. Eat Just and a consortium led by Proterra Investment Partners Asia […]

Singaporeans More Open To Cultivated Meat Than The US Consumers, New Study Finds

3 Mins Read Singaporeans are more accepting of cultivated meats than their U.S. counterparts. The finding comes from a study conducted by the Singapore Management University (SMU). Data points to a correlation between social image and acceptance of new technologies with Singaporeans seemingly motivated to eat certain foods for a positive social image.  Links to ‘kiasu-ism’ were made, […]

New APAC Cellular Agriculture Coalition Aims To ‘Foster A Harmonized Industry’ Ahead Of Commercialization

3 Mins Read The APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture (APAC-SCA) announced its launch this week as a new coalition with a mission to offer member companies developing cultivated meat and seafood access to shared information. Its key priorities include interacting with consumers, building knowledge and acceptance and developing straightforward regulatory frameworks. In a joint statement by APAC-SCA’s management committee, […]

#IWD2022: 10 Women Changing The Future Of Impact In Asia

7 Mins Read International Women’s Day is internationally recognised on the March 8th every year, and represents a focal point for women’s rights and is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At times, it appears as though global environmental and social crises are too overwhelmingly large to tackle. But there are some […]